Crime

Gunfire leaves 2 dead in Fresno

Two men were shot to death at parties in different parts of the city Saturday night and early Sunday, Fresno police reported.

Both men, whose names have not been made public, were taken to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, where they died of their wounds.

Their deaths bring this year's homicide total in Fresno to 46. By this time last year, 37 people had been slain.

No suspects have been arrested in the latest killings, and police offered few details Sunday afternoon.

The first homicide occurred in southeast Fresno about 9:16 p.m. Saturday at an apartment complex in the 800 block of South Adler Avenue at Montecito Avenue, said Fresno police detective Mark Salazar. The 23-year-old victim was at a birthday party with at least 10 other people when the shooting occurred, Salazar said.

Tou Moua, 37, a resident at the apartment complex, said he was watching television when he heard four or five gunshots. Paramedics administered CPR to a man lying outside the complex in the parking lot, Moua said. Moua said the apartment complex and a car were shot at a year ago.

In southwest Fresno, a 26-year-old victim also was attending a party when he was shot about 2 a.m. near a grocery store on Kearney Boulevard near Modoc Street.

Some residents on Kearney Boulevard near Plumas Street said the southwest Fresno neighborhood was quiet until Sunday.

"I've been here 11 years and nothing has happened like this," said Maxine Adams, who saw police across from her house when she went outside to water her plants.

Anyone with information on the southeast Fresno shooting is asked to call detective Chuck Renfro at (559) 621-2446. For the southwest Fresno shooting, call detective Richard Byrd at (559) 621-2445. Or call anonymously at (559) 498-7867 for either shooting.

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